Mother of Teen Killed in Train Accident Speaks Out
June 16, 2014 at 9:53 PM CDT - Updated July 21 at 12:02 AM
By: Alexa Williams NewsWest 9
ODESSA - It was around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when Odessa Police responded to the train tracks at the intersection of Murphy and Bankhead. That's where they found 17-year-old Carlos Dailey dead after being hit by a train.
"I don't want any parent to have to go through this. I always see it on the news and you never think its going to happen to you," Cristy Sarceda, Carlos Dailey's mother, said.
Sarceda spoke with NewsWest 9 Monday morning about what happened leading up to the tragic accident.
"I dropped him off at a friends to go swimming Friday around four and usually he will stay the night and call me the next day to pick him up or ask me for money and he never did that," Sarceda said.
Sarceda also said on Saturday afternoon she tried getting a hold of her son after not hearing from him but Carlos never answered.
"About 6:30 p.m. his friends showed up with his backpack full of clothes and told me that the friends he was with dropped off his clothes and said he took off and they couldn't find him and they had his phone."
That's when Sarceda started to panic. She said she went to different friends houses trying to find him and all she got was conflicting stories.
"All I know is the stories that the kids tell me, that he took off and left his clothes on the ground. Another story is he took off from a car running and they told him to get in and he wouldn't. Another story is that it was a dare he had to run across the tracks naked. That's the thing I don't know what the story is," Sarceda said.
The investigation into the accident is still ongoing. Carlos's body has been sent of to Tarrant County for an autopsy. As for now, Sarceda said she hopes everyone can remember how great of young man Carlos was.
"He was a happy person. Always smiling. Loved his music. His music and his phone," Sarceda said.
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If you have any information about this accident, you're asked to call Odessa Police or Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.